Big Bend National Park Sees Most Visitors in 2017

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Big Bend National Park reported recently that they saw their biggest visitation year on record in 2017 with more than 402,000 visitors. In a post on the park’s Facebook page, park officials took to social media to thank the visitors who enjoyed the park in 2017.

“Thank you to all of our visitors and friends for helping to protect this park so that we can keep sharing this majestic place for future years,” said park officials in a post, “As the sun rises today, we wish you a very happy 2018, and hope that one of your New Year’s resolutions will be to keep exploring National Parks!”

A Geological Marvel

Geological marvel

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Big Bend National Park, located in far West Texas is considered a geological marvel evidenced in sea fossils and dinosaur bones to volcanic dikes that mar the desert landscape. It’s a world of species diversity from the meandering river corridor that sidles across the desert floor to the sky island ridge tops that reach for the stars. It’s a place where you can still hear the whispers of pioneers, ranchers, miners, and Native Americans. And, it’s a land of borders—a place where countries and cultures meet.

The Chisos Mountains Are the Centerpiece of the Park

Big Bend National Park

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The Chisos Mountains is the mountain range located in the Big Bend area. The mountain range is contained entirely within the boundaries of Big Bend National Park. This is the only mountain range in the United States to be fully contained within the boundary of a national park. It is also the southernmost mountain range in the mainland United States. The highest point in the Chisos Mountain range is Emory Peak at 7,825 ft (2,385 m) above sea level.

Popular Destination for Outdoor Enthusiasts

Big Bend Outdoor

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Big Bend National Park is a popular destination for hiking, cycling, scenic drives and even river trips. It is home to more than 1,200 species of plants (including some 60 cacti species), 11 species of amphibians, 56 species of reptiles, 40 species of fish, 75 species of mammals, over 400 species of birds, and about 3,600 species of insects. The park boasts more types of birds, bats, and cacti than any other national park in the United States.